Recording & Mixing articles
Leave it to Manny - An interview with mixing ace Manny Marroquin
If you want something mixed with creativity, musicality and a contemporary sound, Manny Marroquin is your guy. Just ask Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, John Legend, and Alicia Keys, to name just a few of the major artists who Marroquin has mixed. Thus far in his career he’s won nine Grammys, and mixed more than forty #1 albums.
- 08/06/17Getting started
Getting to know your mixing tools - A guide to mixing music - Part 139
The last couple of weeks we've seen how to put together the perfect tool box to help you out with your mixes. Although having a shiny new tool box doesn't necessarily mean that you know how to use the tools inside! However, that can be solved easily if you dedicate some time to getting to know your tools by heart. And that's precisely what we wi...
- 08/03/17Getting started
Recording drums — Tools for layering - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 42
Now that you know what is layering good for, today I'll show you how to put it into practice.
- 08/01/17Getting started
Essential tools for your mix - A guide to mixing music - Part 138
In the previous episodes we saw how to test and choose the tools that will help you out with your mixes. But it's very important to remember to limit them in number so you can focus on what really matters: to realize your vision of the sonic puzzle of the song your working on. That's why today I will tell you how I go around choosing those plug-...
- 07/31/17Getting started
Recording drums — Layering - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 41
This week we'll take yet another brief detour from recording in itself to discuss layering. While this production technique is usually reserved to the mixing stage, I nevertheless decided to talk about it here because your layering work can be simplified a lot if you have it in mind before recording anything.
- 07/26/17Getting started
Testing a plug-in - A guide to mixing music - Part 137
Now that we've covered the more or less theoretical aspects regarding the choice of plug-ins you should make, the time has come to tackle the issue in a more practical way. Today's installment is meant to help you learn how to test a plug-in as best as possible. This way it will be easier to decide whether you should include it into your ultra-s...
- 07/23/17Getting started
Recording drums — Stereo Room (Part 4) - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 40
Today's article will be the last one dedicated to the Stereo Room recordings. This time we'll discuss more convoluted techniques.
- 07/20/17Getting started
Choosing your working tools - A guide to mixing music - Part 136
Last week we discussed the benefits of limiting the number of processing tools at your disposal so you can focus better on the mixing itself. Today I'll try to give you some guidelines for you to choose the best tools for your needs.
- 07/16/17Getting started
Recording drums — Stereo Room (Part 3) - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 39
In this episode we will look into a new method to record the Stereo Room tracks, as well as one of its numerous variants, which, in my opinion, is particularly interesting.
- 07/13/17Getting started
Setting limits - A guide to mixing music - Part 135
After all we've been through, I can't find it in me to simply tell you to stop just like that, even though our journey into the world of mixing has certainly reached its final destination. Hence, in the coming weeks I will address some issues that I wasn't able to fit in coherently into the narrative of the series. Although less focused on the p...